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Rio de Janeiro, although not the capital of Brazil, is the best-known city in Brazil. Founded by the Portuguese in 1565, Rio is now a big tourist destination, and is known for its landmarks, carnival, samba, bossa nova, and beaches.

Rio de Janeiro is featured in at least six episodes of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, including:

  • The Taking of the Shrew: Walter Cronkite speaks of cariocas, beautiful beaches, and the samba.
  • The S.A.T. Score Scam: fio dental (Portuguese for "bikini"), Ipanema beach, and Sugarloaf Mountain
    • In the Final Showdown, the loot is located at Ipanema Beach, the warrant at the airport, and Patty Larceny at the TV Globo complex.
  • Diamonds Are a Crook's Best Friend: Robin Leach speaks of Ipanema Beach, cariocas, Carnival, and the samba.
    • During the Lightning Round, Greg Lee asks questions about feijoada, cariocas, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • In Rockin' Rio Ripoff, Double Trouble steal the Son Libre recording studio.
  • In Beach Blanket Bye-Bye, Patty Larceny steals Ipanema Beach.
  • In Rio Rock Wranglers, Double Trouble steal Sugarloaf Mountain.
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